Stacks Mountain completes doubles for de Bromhead and Blackmore

September 22, 2020

There was a lot less jumping to be done than is usually the case in the Brandon Hotel Beginners’ Chase with the two fences in the home straight omitted due to the low-lying sun.

Stacks Mountain (5/2) tracked Pilbara (7/1) throughout before leading away from the final fence jumped (normally the third-last).

From there Rachael Blackmore (a double after Popong in the mares’ chase) kept him going to beat the latter by eight lengths, with the 13/8 favourite Star Max unable to land a blow back in third.

The winner, a dual hurdles winner by Black Sam Bellamy, had finished third on his first completed start over fences at Killarney last month having unseated rider on his chase debut at Roscommon.

Winning trainer Henry de Bromhead, also completing a double after Popong earlier in the afternoon, said: "I'm delighted with that. Obviously we were missing a few fences but I thought he jumped very well and went through the ground well so I'm very happy and Rachael was happy with him.

“We'll see how he comes out of it and see what we'll do then.

“He seems to appreciate a bit of ease in the ground and has really got his jumping together after the first day.

“I'm delighted for John Byrne. It's great to get one for him down here. Sadly he couldn't make it, he might be preparing for his impending marriage!”

Popong capitalises as favourite tips up at last

September 22, 2020

Popong (9/4) took the Ballygarry House Hotel Mares’ Novice Chase after the 6/5 favourite Western Victory came down at the last when in front.

The market leader had put in a fairly sound round of jumping and looked the winner most of the way, but her nearest pursuers were still snapping at her heels as they approached the final fence.

The favourite clipped the top of it and came down, leaving Rapid Response (5/1) and Popong to fight it out up the run-in. Rachael Blackmore’s whip went flying out the side door but it mattered not as her mount found enough to score by three quarters of a length.

The winner won twice over hurdles and had been runner-up on her chasing debut at Tipperary in July.

Winning trainer Henry de Bromhead said: "She really toughed it out. Conditions wouldn't have been ideal for her and her jumping went to pot a little bit halfway through the race.

“Rachael nursed her around and we got back into it. Obviously we had a bit of luck at the last but I'm delighted for the lads.

“She hadn't run for a while before Tipperary and got tired there. I thought she ran fine that day but we were hoping she'd be better than that.

“That was a great run today and it's great to get her to win one over fences.”

Tellmesomethinggirl enjoying her hurdling

September 19, 2020

Tellmesomethinggirl made virtually all to take the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Hurdle at Listowel in the hands of Robbie Power.

The five-year-old daughter of Stowaway dictated throughout but was pressed and headed by Darrens Hope on the run to the third last.

Darrens Hope couldn't keep the gallop up approaching the straight, though, and came off the bridle as Tellmesomethinggirl eased back in front.

The leader fiddled the second last and Darrens Hope got her second wind in pursuit of her.

A good jump at the last sealed the deal for the 8/11 favourite who kept on to prevail by two and a quarter lengths from the 16/5 runner-up.

Henry de Bromhead said: "She did it the hard way and the mare in second is a decent mare and we were giving her 10lbs. I thought we had shaken her off until she came back at us again, so I'm delighted and she has done nothing wrong through the summer.

"I'll discuss it with the owner but we might give her a little break now; she'll go on soft but we ran her on winter ground at Clonmel last January and she couldn't walk on it. She loved summer soft at Bellewstown.

Blackmore brace as Somptueux claims beginners

September 18, 2020

Rachael Blackmore doubled up at Navan today when Somptueux ran out a convincing winner of the beginners chase on the card.

The Henry de Bromhead-trained gelding had been second on his first outing over fences at Downpatrick late last month and went one better in good style this afternoon.

Blackmore sent the 5/2 shot up to lead three from home and he pulled clear from the next to record a eight-length success over Fred The Foot.

Blackmore had also struck on Annexation for the yard in the opener and she said:-

“It was a good performance. He had a lovely run the last day in Downpatrick. He enjoys jumping.”

Son of Wootton Bassett wins Navan hurdle

September 18, 2020

Annexation made a fine winning jumps debut at Navan today as the Rachael Blackmore partnered gelding landed the opening Bet Online With BarOneRacing.com Maiden Hurdle for trainer Henry De Bromhead.

Sons of Wootton Bassett send 'racing Twitter' into a tizzy and the stallion-of-note, a multi-million euro Coolmore purchase in August, today produced his first Irish jumps winner with Annexation, having had two such winners in Britain and one in France.

Annexation was today held up behind the leaders and moved through to pass leader Charcor on the run-in before eventually scoring a two and a half lengths win over that rival.

De Bromhead wasn't present and afterwards Blackmore reported “it was a lovely performance. He's done well on the Flat since joining Henry and has been schooling well at home so it's great to see him do that.”

Blinkers does the trick as Ellie Mac returns to winning form

September 08, 2020

Ellie Mac appreciated the addition of blinkers when returning to form in the featured Conway Piling Handicap Hurdle at odds of 8/1 in Punchestown.

 

The Court Cave mare, owned by the Niccolai Schuster Horse Racing Club, was recording her fourth career win but her first in nearly two years.

 

The seven-year-old struck the front after three out under Rachael Blackmore in this extended 2m7f event, and just got the better of a tremendous battle with Mister Fogpatches on the run-in.

 

A half a length separated the pair at the line, with Cherif De L’isle four and three quarter lengths further adrift in third.

 

Winning trainer Henry de Bromhead said, “I’m delighted for the syndicate and all credit to John Schuster who suggested trying her in blinkers. They seem to have done the trick.”

Commandingpresence well named on Irish debut

January 07, 2020

Henry de Bromhead looks to have a good prospect on his hands in Commandingpresence who demolished the opposition in Punchestown.

The five-year-old gelding had finished runner-up, by 20 lengths, in a point-to-point in January in Britain but left that form well behind on Irish debut.

He raced close to the pace and was on the shoulder of Clondaw Bertie who picked up the lead after the third last.

Rachael Blackmore asked him to go and win his race approaching the home straight and he shot clear.

He had the race in the bag at the last where he survived a mistake to come home by 15 lengths at 14/1. Dakota Beat came through for second at 5/1 by a head from Fest Deiz (10/1).

“It was a very good performance. He's been doing his work well at home and it's great to see him do that,” said Rachael Blackmore.

“He was second in a point-to-point in England and that was a very good performance for his first run. It was great to get a start like that.”

Power, de Bromhead & Robcour double up with Tiger

January 07, 2020

Tiger Voice stayed on best in the closing stages to claim the beginners chase at Galway and land a double on the card for his connections.

Like January Jets in the opener the Henry de Bromhead-trained gelding was ridden to victory by Robbie Power in the colours of Robcour.

Konitho lead them into the home-straight in the two-mile-two contest but couldn't hold the surge of Tiger Voice inside the final furlong.

The Poet's Voice gelding, sent off the 3/1 favourite, galloped on strongly in the closing stages to post a two length win over long-time leader Ballymacaw, who stayed on again close home.

Tiger Voice was making his first start since finishing mid-division in the Country Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Power said:- "he jumped super - he reached for one but apart from that he was very good. We didn't go that quick and it suited him as he has plenty speed for that trip

"He is only a five year old and we were a bit disappointed with him over hurdles to be honest as he didn't fulfill what he was showing at home.

"He'll improve plenty for today."

Power gets a Tune from Chello on return from injury

September 05, 2020

The McHale Mayo Irish EBF (Mares) Handicap Hurdle went to the well-fancied Tune The Chello (11/2, from 11s in the morning) who was handy all the way under Robbie Power before hitting the front after the second-last. 

She stayed on well to win by four lengths from Rescue Package (13/2), with Mrs Milner (10/3 fav) sticking to her task well in third, a further two lengths away. 

It was a winner on his first ride back for Power, who broke a bone in his foot in a fall from Dandjira at Tramore on August 14th and has been on the sidelines since then. 

The winning daughter of Ask, trained by Henry de Bromhead for Robcour, had won a maiden hurdle at Killarney before finishing mid-division in her first handicap hurdle at the Galway Festival. 

"She’s a good honest mare but that ground would be as soft as she’d want it,” said Power.

 

“She had a light-weight though and got away with it.

 

“I don’t think Henry (de Bromhead) will mind me saying that his horses weren’t in flying form going into Galway. I had fancied her for her run there. Anyway she’s after putting it right today.

 

“We changed tactics at Galway. We dropped her in a little bit because it was her first handicap and she just didn’t like it. She likes to have things her own way and get on with things. 

"Today we went back to how we rode her in her maiden (at Killarney), nice and handy, and they went plenty quick enough early on but she got into nice rhythm. 

"It was a very competitive race and she won well. She probably handled the soft ground better than a lot of the others. We’ll see what the handicapper does and she’ll jump a fence as well.

Doubles for Robinson and de Bromhead as Visioman comes late

September 03, 2020

The Kilsaran Handicap Chase saw 7/2 favourite Visioman get up in the final stride (matched at 220 on Betfair before the last) to touch off long-absent stablemate Abbey Magic (5/1). 

The latter, who had won three in a row over fences as a novice in 2018 but had been sidelined since October of that year, was holding the challenging Nobody Home on the run to the last as the hard-ridden Visioman moved into third. 

Dylan Robinson, who along with winning trainer Henry de Bromhead was recording a double after the short-priced favourite Fusain in the first, got a good response from his mount on the run-in as the leader understandably began to feel the pinch late on, and the French-bred 7-year-old got up by a head to make it three wins from seven starts over fences.

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